Museums & Galleries in Veliko Tarnovo
Regional Historical Museum in Veliko Tarnovo is one of the largest museums in Bulgaria. It was established in 1871. It houses a rich picture, tangible and documentary material that tells the story of the leading role of Veliko Tarnovo in the creation and development of business stationery, periodicals and publishing.
The multimedia visitor center Tsarevgrad Tarnov is located near the Tsarevets Hill. There in the form of sculptures and paintings are presented historical personalities and memorable events from the period of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Displayed lives of different social strata in the medieval Bulgarian society – rulers, clergy, Boyar and soldier’s class, craftsmen. Visitors can experience the rich history of Tarnovgrad as a symbol of royalty, soldier’s glory and spiritual power.
The Archaeological Museum in Veliko Tarnovo there to present the millennial history and culture of the Veliko Tarnovo region. The museum exhibits from ancient times to the end of the Middle Ages. There you can see pottery, tools and weapons found in Thracian settlements dating back to 5800 years BC The most interesting is the exposure that tells of Tarnovo as the capital of Medieval Bulgaria. You can see unique gold rings, jewelry, stamps and coins with images of the Bulgarian rulers.
Hill “Sveta Gora” is located in Veliko Tarnovo and was a cultural and educational center of the old capital, but also the whole European southeast. Today it is VelikoTurnovo University. Among its vegetation has outstanding paths, benches and playground, and sometimes are held and motorcycle events. The hill is called by that name because in the Middle Ages it had found several monasteries, as well as the monastery “St. Mary Odigitriya.”
Samovodska charshia is an architecture, museum and historical landmark. It was created in the 60s and 70s of XIX century, originally formed two streets with shops, craft stores and inns. There are several equipped and acting workshops – carving, pottery, weaving, etc.
Sokay is a private ethnographic museum located in the house of the famous Turnovo family Kiselovo. Its name derives from the bride covering of the head, which the bride wore one year after their wedding, typical of the region. The museum presented exhibitions related to the culture and history of both Bulgarian and foreign nations. There is room for demonstrations and craft workshops, workshops, and the garden you can witness the folk songs and dances. In there are the reproductions and folk customs.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary History in Veliko Tarnovo is located near the Museum Prison. The exhibition is part of the Regional History Museum. In one room of the museum houses the temporary exhibition “Veliko Tarnovo and the Bulgarian state,” and in the other room is the exhibition “Warriors of national unification of Bulgaria.”
Art Gallery Boris Denev was opened in 1934 in Veliko Tarnovo. It is one of the oldest and richest galleries in Bulgaria. It was created in order to collect and store works of Bulgarian artists and to follow the development of Bulgarian art over the years. The gallery holds works by some of the most prominent Bulgarian artists such as Vladimir Dimitrov-Master, Nikola Tanev, Boris Denev, etc.
Konstantsaliev house is a museum, a remarkable monument of residential architecture Arbanassi, Veliko Turnovo Municipality. The house was built about Arbanashka kind Tafrili, then was purchased by Atanas Konstantsaliata whose name it bears today. It was built in the 17th century and over the years underwent several repairs and modifications. The house-museum is a testament to the “golden hands” of Bulgarian masters, and it is located exhibition, which presents Arbanassi customs and culture.
The museum “Renaissance and Constituent Assembly” is a square composition of Veliko Tarnovo. Housed in the building of the old Ottoman Konak. The exhibition in the museum is situated on three floors. On the first floor there are exhibits that represent the development of art during the Ottoman rule. The second floor is dedicated to national liberation struggles in the Turnovo region, and the third is a reconstruction of the hall, which held a founding council in Turnovo in 1879.
The house-museum Emilian Stanev was constructed for six years and opened on 5th May 1987 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Bulgarian writer. The museum is different from the typical model for a museum. On the doorstep you will be welcome with music, the background of which you can see the birth room of the great master, his family tree or his typewriter which the author used to wrote his works.
The birthplace of Petko Slaveykov in Veliko Tarnovo was reconstructed in 1971. It is one of the sites of the Regional Historical Museum. There is a monument in front of the museum which is made by the sculptor Blagoy Iliev. To visit the museum it is necessary to make a request from the previous day.
Sarafkina house dates from 1861 and was originally intended for the home and workplace of Dimo Sarafina. More was glorified the name of his wife Anastasia, the house of Anastasia Sarafkata or Sarafkina house. An impressive collection of pottery from the Turnovo region originating from XVIII – XIX century, are exposed today in the first room. In the second and third hall are exhibits of handmade fabrics, and in the fourth hall – ritual objects.
The building, which houses the Prison Museum was built around the mid 19th century and it was built only of stone. Prison function as intended until 1954. There is a photo dashboard with some of the celebrities who were lying there – Vasil Levski, Todor Kableshkov, etc.
Monkey House is a Renaissance house – museum, built in 1849 by Kolyo Ficheto and is located in the central part of Veliko Tarnovo. Over the front door is placed a sculpture of a monkey – this is the reason why the house have this name. The house was converted into a museum and is considered a cultural monument and a symbol of Veliko Tarnovo.